Higher Ed Press Clips August 2012

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August 1, 2012

Denver Post:
CSU President Frank takes on all comers in stadium debate –
Although Tony Frank joked Tuesday night that his willingness to spend more than three hours answering questions about a potential new stadium — and being on the receiving end of some pointed barbs — spoke more about his lack of a social life than anything else, the Colorado State University president didn't shy away from the discourse.  Whether the issue was traffic, or pressure on the community, or "the big picture" decades from now, Frank listened and responded to dozens of people and their views as to whether the school should build a $250 million on-campus stadium.  Looking at a line that stretched from the front of the ballroom at the Lory Student Center all the way to the back and out the entrance, Frank asked if everyone in the queue wanted to comment. The answer was affirmative.  "Outstanding," Frank said with a smile.

Two finalists chosen for CU Boulder vice chancellor for administration –
Two finalists have been selected for the position of vice chancellor for administration at the University of Colorado Boulder.  The search committee, chaired by Steve McNally, senior associate vice chancellor for budget and finance, has recommended two internal candidates, Kambiz Khalili and Louise Vale for the position, according to a news release from the university.  Two open forums will be held for the candidates in the University Memorial Center in the Aspen Rooms this week. Khalili's open forum will be Wednesday from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., and Vale's open forum will be Thursday from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Inside Higher Ed:
Leaner, Meaner state U. – NACUBO agenda for public universities dominated by efficiency and revenue growth –
Public university employees can expect two things from their universities over the next few years: new programs with an emphasis on increasing tuition revenues, and a whole host of “operational efficiency” initiatives designed to get more bang for each buck.  Much of the focus here at the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers has been on how public universities, particularly large research institutions, can change their underlying financial models to accommodate a "new normal” of decreased state appropriations and increased emphasis on tuition revenue, while dealing with increase political pressure to constrain tuition prices.  “If we are going to change how we deliver higher education, it is going to require new ways of thinking,” said Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University, at a session entitled “The Changing Financial Model of Public Universities.”  Business officers and other meeting attendees here have presented along two major themes. They discussed working with the academic side of the house to identify the programs within institutions that can generate revenue and investing in new programs that can do that. The other half of the conversation has been about how to better use institutional data to figure out where there are inefficiencies in universities and eliminating those so that other leaders can help make the case that a university is worthy of investment -- whether that be from politicians, students and families, corporations, or donors.

August 2, 2012

Ed News:
Voices: Are Denver grads really college-ready?
It’s been a year since I had to help my daughter navigate the myriad of challenges in getting her to college, i.e. selection, application, visits and financial aid applications. At times it felt like we were Odysseus trying to find our way home.  The college enrollment process is a remarkably complicated, expensive and difficult process even for the most knowledgeable and resourced family. It makes you wonder how those families without a college-educated parent and funds provide the necessary support for kids.  As a college degree with all the accompanying skills and networks become even more important today, high schools have a responsibility to ensure that each of their students, regardless of their home support/resources, make a transition to some form of post-secondary learning (college for most) so that every graduate is able to live up to her or his potential.

Briefs: Grant to ail low-income AP students –
Colorado will receive a federal grant totaling $653,573 to cover all or part of fees charged to low-income students taking Advanced Placement tests, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday.  The state’s share is among more than $21.5 million in grants to 43 states. They’re expected to be enough to pay up to $38 per AP exam for as many as three exams per student, based on the anticipated number of test-takers and other factors.  “These funds will help eliminate financial roadblocks for more low-income students and allow them to fully benefit from the AP program,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Each state’s funding level was determined based on estimates of the numbers of tests that would be taken by low-income students.

Inside Higher Ed:
A Summer Without Pell – Colleges worry about elimination of summer Pell Grants –
By the standards of most federal financial aid programs, the year-round Pell Grant had a short and uneventful life. The three-year experiment -- which let students receive two of the need-based grants in one year to help pay for summer classes -- was killed off by bipartisan agreement in last year’s federal budget.  But concern about the program’s elimination has lingered. More than a year after the last summer grants were distributed, colleges are worried that ending the program could have lingering effects on college completion and enrollment. Summer enrollments at many community colleges, as well as at some public institutions, have decreased this year -- the first full summer without the year-round Pell Grant, which ended July 1, 2011.  In some ways, the continuing outcry over the program’s end is unexpected. Unlike many of the recent cuts to student loans and Pell Grants, President Obama suggested ending the program, cutting its $8 billion appropriation in his budget request. At the time, the administration’s overriding goal was preserving the maximum grant of $5,550. Officials, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, described cutting the second Pell Grant as a tough but necessary sacrifice.

Business Week:
For-Profit College Shortchange Taxpayers, Senate Study Says –
For-profit college chains including Apollo Group Inc. (APOL) pressured students to enroll while dodging questions about costs, according to a Senate report that cites a trove of internal e-mails and training documents. The schools received $32 billion in tuition aid in 2009- 2010 and aren’t a good investment for taxpayer money, according to the study released yesterday. In its probe, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, led by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, examined 30 companies over two years. The report, more than 1,000 pages long, takes aim at Apollo’s University of Phoenix, Education Management Corp. (EDMC), Washington Post Co. (WPO)’s Kaplan Higher Education and other for- profit colleges, which as a group spend more on marketing than instruction. Harkin, the U.S. Justice Department and state attorneys general are investigating for-profit colleges, which rely on federal financial-aid money for as much as 90 percent of their revenue.

August 3-6, 2012

Denver Post:
University of Colorado’s in-house lobbyist hire out for other firms –
Three top University of Colorado public administrators responsible for lobbying on the school's behalf are making hundreds of thousands in additional dollars a year working on the side lobbying for other, sometimes competing, organizations, federal and state records show.  CU's vice president for government relations, Tanya Kelly-Bowry, collects more than $170,000 in state-supported salary and benefits heading a nine-person government-relations team at the university.  While that is defined as a full-time position, Kelly-Bowry also collected more than $180,000 in extra income for her side business last year as president of Policy Matters LLC, according to state and federal records.

Ed News:
Feds’ budget deal may bite state schools –
Automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to hit Jan. 2 could cost Colorado school districts $37.5 million in 2013-14, according to estimates presented to a U.S. Senate hearing.  And depending on how events play out in Washington by the end of the year, the cuts, which primarily would affect federal grants for high-risk and special education students, could be even larger.  The situation is fluid, making predictions difficult. “Right now it’s very up in the air,” said Leanne Emm, assistant commissioner for finance at the Colorado Department of Education, who has been advising school districts on the situation. “It’s all based on a lot of assumptions.”  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is urging Congress to stop the automatic cuts, known as “sequestration” in federal budget jargon.

Inside Higher Ed:
Competency-based online program at Kentucky’s community college –
Sometimes potentially “disruptive” approaches to higher education arrive on campuses with little fanfare. And they can become solid additions to traditional colleges rather than an existential threat.  Take Kentucky’s two-year college system, which three years ago began an online offering aimed at working adults. The project, dubbed “Learn on Demand,” hits most of the buzzwords du jour, featuring modular courses that lead to stackable credentials, with both self-paced and competency-based elements. All that’s missing is a MOOC.  But the program is up and running, with modest, but steadily increasing returns.

You get what you pay for – A new analysis of spending by liberal arts colleges –
Liberal arts colleges, with varying degrees of urgency, are talking about the viability of their business models quite a bit these days. They are asking questions about whether the most expensive of these institutions (even with their generous student aid policies) will face price resistance from families, and whether the less wealthy and prestigious of these institutions can survive, among others.  Lucie Lapovsky, an economist who has served as president of a private institution (Mercy College) and vice president for finance at another (Goucher College), set out to explore these issues by looking at three private, coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges. The three (kept anonymous in the study to encourage full release of data) are similar in their size (1,560 to 1,648 enrollments), mission, academic offerings, the breadth of student activities and athletics, and loyal alumni. Students at all three institutions say that they picked them for their personalized approach to education and close contact with faculty members. Students give all three institutions high marks. (Lapovsky consults with colleges on their financial strategies; she said only one of the three colleges is a client.)

August 7, 2012

Denver Post:
Editorial: Giving young illegals a chance –
It's not a perfect system, but recently announced guidelines that may allow young illegal immigrants a chance at a job and a normal life — at least temporarily — are a step toward immigration reform.  We're glad to see President Obama moving forward with this effort and doing so in a way that focuses on a key group.  That group is made up of young people, brought here as children, who know no country but this one. They've gone to school or the military.

Ed News:
School funding proposal fleshed out –
The Colorado School Finance Partnership today issued “Financing Colorado’s Future,” an expanded version of a March report that calls for “a school funding system that drives student achievement and aligns with our state’s values around educational access and excellence.”  The report argues, “Now is the time to create a system that is equitable, innovative and sufficiently funded.”  The new report asserts the same major principles and goals as did the March document, but it expands on those issues and provides more background.  The partnership held a lengthy series of meetings in 2011, and a 16-member steering committee representing a wide range of educational and civic groups developed the report.

Inside Higher Ed:
Completion-Focused Financial Aid – New effort to gear federal financial aid program to college completion –
Even those who most strongly support the concept of government financial assistance for college students concede that the system by which governments and colleges now provide it to American students isn't working optimally. Although the amount of financial aid flowing to students has risen sharply in the last decade, with state and federal governments and individual institutions alike ratcheting up their spending, low-income students remain significantly less likely than wealthier students to enroll in and graduate from college, and overall completion rates for American students have flattened.  But if relative consensus exists that the financial aid system might be improved, exactly what the problems are and how they might be fixed remain intensely in dispute -- at a critical time when the country's political leaders are intent on cutting the federal deficit.

Unbalancing Sheets – GASB changes could upset university finances –
A set of changes proposed by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, a nonprofit group that sets guidelines for how states, local governments, and entities such as public colleges and universities report finances, is about to unbalance countless balance sheets.  The new guidelines, announced in June and set to take effect in the 2015 fiscal year, are designed to highlight how much state governments -- and governmental agencies -- owe in pension expenses and force policy makers to confront these costs. The change applies only to defined benefit plans, not contribution plans such as 401(k)s.  “The new standards will improve the way state and local governments report their pension liabilities and expenses, resulting in a more faithful representation of the full impact of these obligations,” GASB Chairman Robert H. Attmore said in a statement announcing the approval of the two standards. “Among other improvements, net pension liabilities will be reported on the balance sheet, providing citizens and other users of these financial reports with a clearer picture of the size and nature of the financial obligations to current and former employees.”

August 8, 2012

Denver Post:
College student financial smarts: Avoiding credit and using discounts –
College economics classes can be challenging, but even finance-savvy business majors can mess up with money.  For many college freshmen, this fall will be the first time they have to manage their own budget and track income and spending.  The college years may be a notoriously tight time in many people's financial lives, but that doesn't mean students have to survive by eating Ramen noodles every night.  The best money plan for college newbies: Write down a budget immediately, says Katie Payer, vice president of communications at the Young Americans Bank.

9 News:
Top paying jobs: No degree needed –
It's early August and that means students will be going back to school soon. Some high-school graduates will head off to four or five years of college, but university educations aren't for everyone.  Some students aren't interested in that type of career or racking up huge debts before they start making money in their chosen profession. Many people are turning to trades for a living, and apprenticeships are a preferred way for some workers to learn. Joe Gollasch is a student who's getting paid to learn. He is in the pipe-fitters union apprenticeship program and has several teachers helping him learn his trade. Joe has a family to support, and he didn't want to take on thousands of dollars of debt while he prepares for his career. As an apprentice, he makes money from the start and will be getting regular pay increases during his five-year apprenticeship. When he finishes, he will be a journeyman and will earn a good living.

Boulder Daily Camera:
Zero percent vacancy surrounding CU-Boulder campus is driving up rent –
For the second summer in a row, University of Colorado senior Matt Carrico said he procrastinated with his search for housing in Boulder before the fall semester begins -- and both times he happened to secure one of the last rentals within walking distance of campus. "I'm lazy," Carrico said. "I guess I'm a lucky guy."  Ryan McMaken, of the Colorado Division of Housing, said a survey taken on June 10 revealed a zero vacancy rate for properties in Boulder's campus area -- including rentals between Pearl Street and Baseline running north and south; and Pleasant View Road and Fourth Street going east and west.

Huffington Post:
Metropolitan State University of Denver: We’re ‘Willing And Able’ To Defend New Tuition Rate For Undocumented Students –
Metropolitan State University of Denver says it has decided to move forward with its controversial vote granting undocumented students a new tuition rate, to go into effect this fall.  The college's board of trustees voted 7-1 in June to lower the out-of-state $7,992 per semester tuition rate to $3,358.30 per semester for undocumented, Colorado-educated students.  "The advice we've received says that this is absolutely the correct decision," Metro trustee Terrance Carroll told the Denver Post. "We're not looking for a fight, but we are certainly willing and able to defend our decision."  Issuing a legal opinion after the vote to grant the special tuition rate to undocumented students, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said that the decision is "not supported by governing law" since the non-resident rate constitutes a public benefit.

Inside Higher Ed:
Undocumented, But Not Uneducated – New online certificate for undocumented immigrants –
A new certificate program -- offered jointly by the National Labor College and the University of California at Los Angeles’ Center for Labor Research and Education -- aims to make higher education more affordable to undocumented immigrants and raise awareness about the barriers they face to attaining that education.  The one-year program, called National Dream University, will begin in January 2013. Applications for the program opened Monday, said Kent Wong, director of UCLA’s labor center. He said the program has received a lot of inquiries from prospective students as well as responses from faculty nationwide who want to support the program.
On its website, the program advertises itself as a way for undocumented immigrants to gain access to higher education while waiting for Congress to take action on the DREAM Act, a long-debated bill that would provide permanent residency for certain undocumented immigrants who meet a set of conditions.  Most states allow undocumented immigrants to attend college, but only 12 states allow them to pay in-state tuition, and only three states -- California, New Mexico and Texas -- allow them access to state financial aid, Wong said. And for many undocumented students, lack of aid and in-state tuition rates effectively blocks enrollment.

August 9, 2012

Denver Post:
Colorado’s first TCAP scores show small gains, writing dip, growth –
Small statewide gains and a couple of curious declines marked the inaugural 2012 results of TCAP — the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program — that, for the most part, continued a flat performance trend from the CSAP test it replaced.  But when it came to academic growth — measuring students' year-to-year improvement — some encouraging data emerged, notably in the Denver Public Schools, where massively revamped schools posted significantly improved numbers.  Green Valley Elementary, a turnaround school in far northeast Denver, posted the highest gains in the district but also ranked in the top 10 of all schools statewide in math growth.

Colorado Public Radio:
State Test Scores Flat, Denver’s High Poverty Schools Show Strong Gains –
The scores on the tests public school teachers and students sweat over every spring came out yesterday. Schools didn’t lose ground for the most part, but they didn’t gain much either. And while minorities made small gains, they are still far behind white students, a gap officials have been struggling for years to close.

Ed News:
State casts its lot with testing group –
The possible future direction of state testing got a little clearer Wednesday when education Commissioner Robert Hammond announced that Colorado will join the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as a governing member.  The partnership, known as PARCC, is one of two federally funded national groups that are developing multi-state achievement tests based on the Common Core Standards in language arts and math, which Colorado has adopted. The other group is the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  Colorado has been a non-governing member of both groups. The State Board of Education and the Department of Education have leaned toward development of Colorado-only tests to replace the TCAP testing system currently in use.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder ranked No. 3 party school in the country by Newsweek –
The University of Colorado's Boulder campus landed at No. 3 on a list of the country's top party schools published this week by Newsweek.  Partying harder than those on the Boulder campus are students at West Virginia University, which ranked No. 1, and Pennsylvania State University, according to the magazine's list.  The rankings compiled "disciplinary actions" for drugs and alcohol at college campuses, reporting that there were 1,404 students punished for drugs and 1,870 for alcohol on the Boulder campus. CU's student body is about 30,000 students. The statistics compiled are from 2010.  "The parties must not be that great if we're writing a bunch of tickets," said Ryan Huff, spokesman for the CU Police Department.

August 10-21, 2012

Huffington Post:
Metropolitan State University of Denver Begins Special Tuition Rate For Undocumented Students –
A new tuition rate goes into effect for undocumented students at the Metropolitan State College of Denver today.  In June, the college's board of trustees voted to lower the out-of-state $7,992 per semester tuition rate to $3,358.30 per semester for undocumented, Colorado-educated students. In order to qualify, an undocumented student had to have attended an in-state high school for at least three years, have graduated from a Colorado high school or received a G.E.D., be in good legal standing aside from their undocumented status and prove that they plan to seek lawful status. In-state students currently pay $2,152 per semester.

Colorado Springs Gazette:
(Opinion) CU gun rule may endanger students (poll) –
Nearly all modern massacres have occurred in “gun-free” zones. It is likely that gun-free zones attract homicidal maniacs, who want the highest death tolls possible before they are stopped. If guns aren’t allowed, no one is likely to shoot back. It is hard to imagine that mere coincidence explains the common thread of “gun-free” rules at massacre locations, such as Columbine High School, Aurora’s Century 16 Theater and Virginia Tech. It seems like common sense that “no gun” signs ensure predators of soft, defenseless targets.  Given these observations, it is beyond belief that members of the Colorado Board of Regents have indulged a publicity stunt that establishes new “gun-free” zones on college campuses. Their actions could get students killed.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder faculty chairman says he’ll cancel his classes if students carry guns –
The state Supreme Court has made it clear that the University of Colorado can't stop students with concealed-carry permits from bringing their guns to campus. But the chairman of the Boulder Faculty Assembly says if he ever discovers that any of his students are armed, class is over.  CU physics professor Jerry Peterson -- speaking for himself Monday, not the faculty group he leads -- said he wants his students to feel safe to engage in classroom discussions that could be controversial.
"My own personal policy in my classes is if I am aware that there is a firearm in the class -- registered or unregistered, concealed or unconcealed -- the class session is immediately canceled," Peterson said. "I want my students to feel unconstrained in their discussions."  The Boulder Faculty Assembly has not taken an official stance on the campus's new gun rules, Peterson noted.

Ed Week:
(Blog) Latinos Are Largest Minority Group on College Campuses –
For the first time, Latino students are now the largest minority group on college campuses.  A report released by the Pew Hispanic Center Monday shows there are 2 million 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics in college, making up 16.5 percent of all enrollments. This compares to 62.7 percent who are white and 13 percent who are African American. Latino students reached this new milestone with a surge in college attendance of 15 percent from 2010 to 2011. At the same time, the number of African-American college students fell by 3 percent, from 1.69 million to 1.64 million. Authors say the reason for the shift is unclear, but may be a sampling error. Overall, college enrollment grew by 3 percent.  In 1972, the Latino share of college students was 2.9 percent. The report notes the demographic shift on campus is linked to the rapid population growth among Latinos in the country overall. There are 50 million Latinos in the United States, the nation's largest minority group with about 16.5 percent of the population. Among the 30 million young people ages 18 to 24, about 20 percent are Hispanic.

Inside Higher Ed:
Status and College Football – Sociologists offer explanations for the link between football and American universities –
When a Stanford University scholar displayed the first slide in his presentation on college football and university status systems, an audience member who was a loyal Cardinal fan challenged him. Why, she asked, would a Stanford professor lead off with a slide showing the football stadium of the University of California at Berkeley?  The comment was a joke. But it was a perfect illustration of one part of the paper presented here at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association -- namely, that in the United States, a major part of the identity of American colleges and universities is linked to athletics and, specifically, to football. But the paper argues that traditional explanations for why American universities are so football-obsessed are wrong. Further, the paper offers evidence that universities that join top athletic conferences not only improve their sports programs, but may see academic improvements as a result.

Wall Street Journal:
Five States Where College Tuition is Soaring –
For parents concerned about the rising cost of college, financial advisers have traditionally recommended public universities. After all, they almost always carry much smaller price tags than private universities.  But many state schools are now raising tuition at double-digit rates—sometimes with very little advance notice. Here are the five states where the cost of a public four-year college education has seen the steepest increases over the past few years.

NY Times:
More Hispanics Are in College, Report Finds –
College enrollment has soared for Hispanic young adults in the last few years, by some measures reaching levels similar to those among young blacks, according to a study released Monday.  Among Americans ages 18 to 24 with a high school diploma or equivalent, 46 percent of Hispanics were enrolled in college last year, up from 37 percent in 2008, according to the report by the Pew Hispanic Center. The report was based on data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Education. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/21/education/hispanics-college-enrollment-surges-report-finds.html?_r=1&ref=education

August 22-23, 2012

Colorado Public Radio:
Colorado Wants Help with Native America Tuition Deal –
The state of Colorado wants the federal government to help pay tuition for Native American students at Fort Lewis College in Durango. That was the message at a Congressional field hearing in Denver on Wednesday on a bill that would do just that.

Durango Herald:
Fort Lewis tuition waiver finds a supporter in the White House –
Fort Lewis College gained support from the White House on Wednesday in its attempt to get the federal government to pick up the cost of its Native American tuition waiver.  The Obama Administration supports the idea in principle, said Bill Mendoza, director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education.  Mendoza, a Fort Lewis graduate, made the remark during a U.S. Senate field hearing at the Colorado State Capitol on a bill by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Chronicle of Higher Education:
Colorado’s Public Colleges Brace for Loss of State Support –
In the coming years, Colorado's public colleges will continue to sit on campuses built in part by the state government. They will be branded with monikers like "state" and "Colorado." And they will strive to serve residents first and foremost.  But if a lawsuit asserting that state support for public schools is constitutionally inadequate succeeds, they may no longer get any money from the state to do it.  "We're on a very slippery slope, and if it goes the wrong way, we're in trouble," says Bruce D. Benson, president of the University of Colorado system.
(This premium article will be available to nonsubscribers at the link above for five days)

Rocky Mountain Collegian:
Colorado State Chancellor Michael Martin shares his path from first-generation student to university representative –
CSU System Chancellor Michael Martin might have worked in a mine.  The newly-appointed face of the three-campus CSU system spent his young years in the small, rural town Crosby, Minn. where many of his peers did not pursue higher education.  But Martin, with the support of his parents, decided to go to a four-year college, becoming the only one of his siblings to do so.  “My family was very encouraging, not because they knew about it personally, but they understood that I could stay back in Crosby, Minn. and probably join many of my peers in working in the mines, but that was not a future that my parents thought was in my best interest or theirs,” Martin said.

Inside Higher Ed:
Foreign Grad Admissions Up 9% - Offers of admission to international grad students are up –
For the second year in a row, graduate schools have increased the number of admissions offers they make to international graduate students by 9 percent, according to data released today by the Council of Graduate Schools.  The admissions offers follow a year in which total graduate applications from outside the United States increased by 9 percent.  Applicants form China continue to be central to the increases. American graduate programs saw an increase of 20 percent in admissions offers to these applicants, following gains in the previous three years of 21, 15 and 17 percent. At the same time, however, offers of admission were flat this year to those from the other two countries that with China send the most students to the United States: India and South Korea. The results are based on surveys of graduate schools.

Ed Week:
(Blog) Struggling to Figure Out the Secret to ACT Improvement –
With yesterday's release of stagnant ACT scores from the 2012 graduating class, talk of how to improve student performance continues.  Higher standards, more rigor, and better teaching are among the solutions often discussed. But not only is there no simple solution, educators are not getting much help from baffling new research into test-taking behavior.  A recent study in Indiana found that students from high schools with improving state test scores did no better on the ACT than others.

August 24, 2012

Denver Post:
Metro State Tuition Rate Plan Gives Some Hope –
For Oscar Juarez and his brothers, Juan and Hugo, every day is about taking risks.  As the children of parents who illegally immigrated into the United States in 1999, most of the time those gambles — such as searching for work — come with negative connotations and always the chance of deportation. "It's really tough; you get frustrated because all we want is the chance to get out of the shadows, to become someone," said Oscar, 20, a freshman. "We've talked about going back, but Mexico is a place we don't know, and we feel like, 'We grew up here, we belong here.' "
And so, when the brothers heard about Metropolitan State University of Denver and its newly established tuition rate for illegal-immigrant students, they decided to take another risk: They wanted to show that they indeed belong.

Block party celebrates CU Denver’s new Business School building –
The new building for the University of Colorado Denver Business School held a grand opening Thursday morning. Dignitaries including Gov. John Hickenlooper, CU President Bruce Benson and CU Denver Chancellor Don Elliman were on hand, the school said in a news release.  The building at 1475 Lawrence St. will allow the school to consolidate its facilities.

Ed Week:
Private University Experiments with 4-Year Tuition Guarantee –
The current high price of college is shocking enough. But when families take into account probable tuition increases, it can be even more troubling. And not being able to forecast the total investment makes it hard to plan.  Not so for those attending the University of Evansville, a private, nonprofit Methodist school with 2,400 undergraduates in southwestern Indiana. The college's board of trustees just approved a four-year tuition freeze, locking in the current price tag of $29,740 per year for the incoming freshman class.

August 25-27, 2012

Denver Post:
Art Institute of Colorado lays off 21 workers, parent corp cuts hundreds –
Twenty-one employees — including several department directors — at the Art Institute of Colorado were laid off Wednesday, as one of the largest for-profit college companies continues to reduce its staff by nearly 1,000 people.  Education Management Corp., which owns Art Institutes across the country, implemented a number of "strategic changes" to reduce costs, including eliminating 4 percent of the company's 25,000 employees, according to a news release.

Guest Commentary: A shared vision in Douglas County Schools –
Colorado has earned a national reputation in recent years for education reform. While some of this attention has been focused on historic changes at the state level, much of this work has been led by courageous innovation developed in partnership between local school districts and their unions. Districts and schools across the state have done extraordinary work responding to some of the greatest challenges of the day: How do we make sure every child exits high school ready for college or a career? How do we develop fair and rigorous evaluations of teachers?

Denver Business Journal:
Marketing vet Baier to lead CollegeInvest and College Assist –
Angela Baier will be the new CEO of CollegeInvest and College Assist, Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced Friday.  CollegeInvest (collegeinvest.org) the state’s 529 college savings program and College Assist (college-assist.com) is Colorado’s federal student loan guarantee agency.

Boulder Daily Camera:
New Naropa president brings experience in nonprofits, social work –
Charles Lief moved to New York in 1993, answering a call to help provide housing for the chronically homeless.  The demographics presented a startling juxtaposition: Westchester County was largely affluent yet also had one of the highest per-capita homeless rates. A humble bakery in Yonkers with an open hiring policy -- meaning an open job went to the first person who walked through the door and asked for it -- would become the first puzzle piece in helping address homelessness, health care for HIV and AIDS patients and workforce development.

Inside Higher Ed:
Don’t Panic…Yet – Sallie Mae survey highlights a changing marketplace for students –
College administrators are justifiably worried about whether they're going to be able to balance their budgets in a changing economic landscape, and a survey released by Sallie Mae last month didn't do much to put them at ease.  The report’s headline finding is that spending on colleges -- a number that includes parent and student income and savings, federal and private loans, grants and scholarships, and money from friends and relatives -- by traditional-aged students and their families dropped over the past two years, a 13 percent decrease between 2009-10 and 2011-12. 

Law of Averages – Community college beats no college on path to 4-year degree, study finds –
Most public high school graduates from Chicago who attend the city’s community colleges increase their odds of eventually earning a bachelor’s degree, according to a study that challenges a fairly common belief that two-year colleges are often dead ends for students who could have aimed higher.  That argument draws from the influential book Crossing the Finish Line, which said social mobility is at risk if too many disadvantaged but otherwise qualified students are being shunted toward community colleges – so-called “undermatching.” But the new study found that for the vast majority of students, the alternative to attending community college is not enrolling at a four-year institution, but not to attend college at all.

NY Times:
Op-Ed: Starving the Future –
Emerging economic powers China and India are heavily investing in educating the world’s future workers while we squabble about punishing teachers and coddling children. This week, the Center for American Progress and the Center for the Next Generation released a report entitled “The Race That Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese and Indian Investments in the Next Generation Workforce.” The findings were breathtaking…

August 28, 2012

Denver Post:
Thousands of CU-Boulder students start fall semester –
Monday was the first day of school for thousands of University of Colorado students -- with freshmen strategically mapping out their classroom buildings and upperclassmen taking a more relaxed saunter around the campus.  For Dillon Carmichael, Monday mornings are a doozy, stacked with an 8 a.m. physics course and an 11 a.m. calculus class. In preparation, Carmichael, a freshman from North Carolina majoring in aerospace engineering, brushed up on some of his high school textbooks and then mapped out his classes Sunday evening.

Obama to discuss cost of education during Fort Collins visit at CSU –
In what a local historian contends is the only time a sitting president has visited Fort Collins, President Barack Obama will emphasize the cost of college today at Colorado State University in an attempt to connect with young voters on issues that affect them.

Huffington Post:
Republican Party Platform: Cut Off Funding To Colleges Who Offer In-State Tuition To Undocumented Immigrants –
In the national Republican party platform adopted last week, the committee endorsed language calling for the denial of federal funds to universities that allow undocumented immigrants to enroll at in-state tuition rates. The provision echoes similar attempts at the state level in recent years.  The difference between the lower in-state tuition price and the full tuition price for out-of-state students at public universities is picked up by taxpayer dollars. Republicans have argued against offering in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants as benefit rewarding illegal immigration.  Cutting off federal financing for universities who offer in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants could mean the loss of things such as Pell Grants and research funding if it was actually enacted into law.

Inside Higher Ed:
Licensing Income Edges Higher – University licensing income rose slightly in 2011 –
Universities in the United States derived modestly more income from research innovations they licensed in 2011 than they did in 2010, as the sputtering economy continued to constrain the market for startups and other investment, an annual survey by the Association of University Technology Managers has found.  The survey, to which 157 colleges and universities responded (along with several dozen hospitals and other research entities), also showed that the number of patents issued to the institutions rose by 6.9 percent, to 4,296 from 4,018, and that the number of startup companies that emerged from their research products stayed roughly constant, at 617 compared to 2010's 613.

August 29, 2012

Ed News:
Voices: A call for more college student aid –
Adams State University President David Svaldi says our nation’s future hinges on making sure the neediest students have a way to pay for college.
As the fall election gathers steam, we hear various candidates’ plans for saving America. There is no doubt that the federal government’s budget “has issues.” It may be that all of the things we used to be able to afford as a country of a mere 200 million Americans are no longer affordable in a country of 313 million.  But as the candidates float trial balloons for what is affordable based upon their personal philosophies, let’s consider what the country should invest in for a better, brighter future for all citizens.

Indian Country Today Media Network:
Federal Officials Support Native Tuition Waiver at Fort Lewis College –
For Colorado, with a shrinking state budget and a growing Native American student body at Fort Lewis College (FLC) in Durango, planning has been difficult because of a potentially bleak fiscal future.  Enter the federal government armed with facts and figures offering support for nontribal colleges operating under a treaty- or trust-related mandate to provide free tuition waivers for all Native American students.

Ed Week:
Examining Impact of Studying at 2-Year For-Profit Colleges –
New research finds if a student can finish a degree at a two-year for-profit college, the financial rewards are about the same as for their peers who graduate from a public community college. But for those who fail to complete a program, dropping out from a proprietary school can be more of a setback because of the increased cost of attending.  The working paper, "The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education," by Stephanie Riegg Cellini and Latika Chaudhary was just published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, an organization based in Cambridge, Mass., and is a rare look at the quality of education in the for-profit sector.

Inside Higher Ed:
GOP platform is harshly critical of higher education –
The Republican Party’s 2012 platform has strong words for higher education's alleged failings, on ideological bias as well as unsustainable tuition hikes. The lengthy document, approved here today at the party's annual convention, also draws a hard line on standard party litmus tests affecting colleges, such as immigration, public employee unions and embryonic stem cell research.  The GOP’s playbook praises colleges for their research clout and recruitment of foreign talent. But the overall tone about the sector is combative.
“Ideological bias is deeply entrenched within the current university system. Whatever the solution in private institutions may be, in state institutions the trustees have a responsibility to the public to ensure that their enormous investment is not abused for political indoctrination,” the platform said. “We call on state officials to ensure that our public colleges and universities be places of learning and the exchange of ideas, not zones of intellectual intolerance favoring the left.”

NY Times:
New Man on Campus, Armed –
For more than 30 years, the University of Colorado has enforced a sensible policy banning guns from its campuses. The ban worked well until March, when the State Supreme Court agreed with a student’s complaint that it violated a state law allowing citizens with “concealed-carry” permits to carry guns in public places. This has left the university resorting to a new twist on its in loco parentis responsibilities — designating segregated housing this fall for students with gun permits. Gun-toting students 21 or older will be assigned to special housing on the Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses, where they must have safes to store their weapons when they are not carrying them. Or they can check them with the local police, Dodge City style. They will not be able to live in dormitories with younger students, but they will be allowed to carry their weapons around to classes or anywhere else, except to certain sports and cultural events.

Smoothing the Path From Foreign Lips to American Ears –
For hundreds of grown men and women here, work can mean sticking fingers into models of the human mouth, or trying to talk while peering at their tongues in mirrors or while hopping up and down stairs.  They are foreign graduate students at Ohio University who are spending up to two hours a day learning how to speak so that their American colleagues and students will understand them. Many of them spend more than a year in the program, and they are not allowed to teach until their English instructors say they are ready.
It is a complaint familiar to millions of alumni of research universities: the master’s or doctoral candidate from overseas, employed as a teaching assistant, whose accent is too thick for undergraduate students to penetrate. And it is an issue that many universities are addressing more seriously, using a better set of tools, than in years past.

August 30, 2012

Denver Post:
New Colorado State chancellor wants to be agent of change for system –
As part of his get-acquainted tour of the system, new Colorado State University Chancellor Michael Martin recently spent some time with faculty members in Fort Collins. At one point, the discussion turned to the school's "global campus," its online-education initiative.  When some disparaging remarks about it were uttered, Martin wasn't as demur as a newcomer may have been expected to be.  "There's some controversy among the faculty, but I told them that we failed by letting for-profit colleges come in and seize that ground," Martin said. "If they can do that, then the public colleges should have been out there sooner, and we weren't.

Ed News:
Math debate: Should we get rid of algebra? –
Is math holding the United States back?  Earlier this month, a community-college student from Harlem, speaking at a meeting of educators and community activists, told a harrowing story about his battle to get a degree. Raised by a single mother in a neighborhood wracked by violence, he had struggled to make it through high school. Then his mother died of cancer, leaving him to raise his three younger siblings alone. He pressed on in school despite new emotional and financial burdens, but there was a remaining obstacle that sometimes seemed like it would overwhelm him: algebra.  Like thousands of would-be college graduates in the United States, he had been forced to enroll in remedial math classes in college, and the difficulty of passing it reduced his chances of reaching graduation. Half of community-college students take remedial classes, and only 10 percent of those who do graduate within three years, Business Week reported in May. And a fifth of four-year college students enroll in remediation, of whom only about a third graduate in six years.

Inside Higher Ed:
Heard but not Seen – Student debt and for-profit issues largely absent in Tampa –
Colleges and universities got plenty of attention in the Republican Party’s 2012 platform, even if most of it was negative. But higher education’s big-ticket policy issues, like student debt and regulation of for-profit institutions, have had a low profile here at the GOP’s presidential convention.  Representatives from for-profits took a pass on the convention, with only a smattering of lobbyists and administrators showing up to mingle. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the industry's primary trade group, had no presence, a spokeswoman confirmed. (That's even though its president, Steve Gunderson, was a longtime Republican Congressman.)  Consumer advocates and for-profit colleges alike are anticipating that a Mitt Romney presidency would be friendlier to the industry, if donations from its advocates are any indication. And relations between the industry and President Obama’s Education Department -- which has ramped up regulation on the sector, despite its protestations -- probably won’t improve in a second term. So some observers say for-profits have little reason to be here, as a visible presence could only hurt them by giving the appearance of coziness with Republicans.

August 31, 2012

Denver Post:
Opinion: (Guest Commentary) CSU and CU are big players in Colorado’s economy –
When the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University meet Saturday in the Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver, only one winner will emerge on the field. But throughout Colorado, communities, companies and individuals are big winners year-round, thanks to the innovation and economic impact the two institutions inject into the state's economy.  That innovation has never been more important for Colorado. As we emerge slowly from the recession, citizens across our state can feel confident that its two leading higher education institutions are laying a foundation for new industries, new jobs and new economic livelihood for the Colorado's future.

Gaming’s broken promise to higher ed: Four years later, Amendment 50 fails to deliver expected –
It looked like a sure bet.  Colorado voters in 2008 raised the stakes. They saw Amendment 50 as a win-win proposition that promised handsome payoffs to the state’s community colleges and to its gaming industry.  But in the three years since casinos increased the wager limit twenty-fold and added new games to their parlors, the infusion of money to community colleges has been drastically less than the forecasts that preceded Amendment 50’s passage.

Ed Week:
(Blog) Report Shows Females Lead in College Plans, Enrollment and Degrees –
A new report by the federal government shows high school girls outpacing boys when it comes to planning for college, enrolling, and completing a degree. Yet boys are doing better on Advanced Placement exams and college-entrance tests.  Looking at education trends by gender and across racial/ethnic groups, the National Center for Education Statistics' Higher Education: Gaps in Access and Persistence Study reports among the freshman class that began in 2008-09, a lower percentage of males (71.8 percent) than females (78.9 percent) graduated with a regular high school diploma.  The NCES asked 9th graders to indicate the highest level of education they expected to achieve. Fifty-nine percent of the girls expected to complete a bachelor's or graduate/professional degree compared to 53 percent of boys. This pattern held for white males and females (56 percent vs. 63 percent) and black males and females (54 percent vs. 61 percent), according to researchers.

Inside Higher Ed:
Lost HOPE – Low-income black students with low academic achievement least likely to retain state lottery scholarship –
If you’re a student in the South with a state lottery-funded scholarship, and you want to retain said scholarship, being a black male from a low-income family with low ACT scores and grade point averages is “essentially the recipe for disaster,” says one researcher whose new study also found that when it comes to race alone, black students are significantly less likely to retain their scholarships than are their peers of other ethnicities.  And while colleges should establish more structures to keep those students above the minimum G.P.A. required for scholarship retention, the study’s author says, the students need to step up their game.  “It’s not the institutions’ fault, per se,” said Charles E. Menifield, a professor of public and non-profit administration at the University of Missouri at Columbia. “If I had to singularly blame somebody, I would have to blame the African American male, because ultimately they have control of their G.P.A.s. And I have no issue going on record as saying that they should seriously prioritize why they are in college.”

LA Times:
Survey offers dire picture of California’s two-year colleges –
More than 470,000 community college students are beginning the fall semester on waiting lists, unable to get into the courses they need, according to a survey of California's two-year colleges that captures a system struggling amid severe budget cuts.  The survey, to be released Wednesday, quantified the myriad problems affecting the system, many of which have been anecdotally reported by students on many campuses. The colleges expect steep declines in enrollment and class offerings compared with last fall.